Massachusetts White Water Rafting

Massachusetts White Water Rafting
Enjoy Whitewater Rafting in Massachusetts!
In the northern Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater is pleased to bring you five different white water rafting adventures. River rafting trips range from mild to WILD, full or half-day in rafts and inflatable kayaks. From beginners to more experienced rafters, our family will enjoy taking your family, group or organization down these beautiful rivers. Our beautiful base camp is located on the banks of the Deerfield River along the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont. Come see us this season!

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Massachusetts Whitewater Rafting FAQs

Commonly Asked Questions

  Can I request my guide?

Please do! Our guides look forward to taking their favorite crews down the river again and again. But please remember that your favorite Crab Apple guide may already be requested or have other commitments preventing us from making any guarantees

  Do trips run in the rain?

In fact, rainy days usually begin with a skeptical group of rafters who are concerned about the enjoyment of a rafting trip in "liquid sunshine". By the end of the day, they realize that the guides were correct - a rainy day in a beautiful river gorge is a special experience. Fog often settles down above the rapids so the raft in front of you disappears from sight as it enters a rapid, but the screams of delight can be heard as your raft approaches the rapid. We run rain or shine!

Raft trips will not be cancelled due to weather unless Crab Apple deems that travel to the river from base camps or safety on the river will be compromised. Cancellations would be decided the morning of a trip at Crab Apple and full refunds issued.

  What Do Rapid Classifications Mean?

Rapids and rivers are subjectively rated Class I through Class V for commercial rafting in the eastern US. Ratings depend on the volume of water, elevation drop in the river, type of watercraft, ease of rescue and a paddler's experience. To simplify this for our guests, we can divide them into three groups:

*** Family/Introductory—an introduction to rafting, option for families with younger children.

Trips range from Class 1-3.
Examples: Deerfield River - Fife Brook Section Rafting, Dead River - Summer Rafting, Half-Day Family Raft Trips.

*** Adventure - for guests already familiar with whitewater or new paddlers who are gung-ho and ready for a real thrill.

These trips range from Class 2-4.
Examples: Kennebec River rafting, Deerfield River - Monroe Bridge Section Rafting, West River rafting,
Miller's River rafting

*** World Class - trips for guests who preferably have whitewater experience.

Rapids will be long, continuous and range from Class 3-5.
Examples: Dead River High Water Rafting, Go For It trips in Maine

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This was our first time ever river rafting.

“Jen, our guide, was so fun and enthusiastic. She made it fun for both the kids and adults. We were also impressed with her attention to safety. In fact, every one of the guides was very professional and friendly... Our pictures from Zoar Gap are already up on the wall!”

Sue, Bill, Katie and Billy , West Springfield, MA


Massachusetts Trips

Full Day Trip - 10 miles 
Class I-III whitewater, minimum age 8, delicious picnic lunch

Deerfield River Monroe Bridge Section Rafting
Full Day Trip
Class III-IV whitewater, minimum age 15, delicious cookout lunch included

Deerfield River Funyaks
Half-Day Trip - 8 miles
Class I-II whitewater, riverside snack, minimum ages 5 for double, 10 for single

Deerfield River Half-Day Family Raft Trip
Half-Day Trip - 8 miles
Easy Class I-II whitewater, Minimum age 5, riverside snack, optional cookout after trip

Millers River Rafting
Full Day Trip - 8 miles
Class II-IV whitewater, min. age 12, cookout lunch, Spring rafting only